NIST logo

NIST Radiation Thermometry Short Course


Radiation thermometry short course logoThe NIST Radiation Short Course is offered every 2 years and covers the fundamentals of radiometric physics and instrumentation associated with determining temperature from observations of thermal radiation from materials. Participants will gain a good understanding of temperature measurement using thermal radiation, proper uncertainty analysis, treatment of the measurement equation, and an understanding of the calibration chain for radiance temperature.

The 2012 NIST Radiation Thermometry Short Course, scheduled for October 15-19, 2012, has been canceled.

2012 NIST Radiation Thermometry Short Course
October 15-19, 2012
NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland

The NIST Radiation Thermometry Short Course is a 5-day course held at NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland. The course consists of lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments covering the fundamentals of radiation thermometry, treatment of the measurement equation, important sources of uncertainty, and proper uncertainty analysis. The course concludes with laboratory presentations by the students and a panel discussion forum with NIST scientists.

Attendance for the course is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required and acceptance is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.


Monday, October 15, 2012:
   12:00 pm Registration on site
   1:00 pm Lectures 1 to 3
   5:00 pm Adjourn

Tuesday, October 16, 2012:
   8:15 am Lectures 4 to 6
   12:00 pm Lunch
   1:00 pm Lab instructor briefing
   1:20 pm Experiments
   5:30 pm Adjourn

Wednesday, October 17, 2012:
   8:15 am Lectures 7 to 9
   12:00 pm Lunch
   1:00 pm Lab instructor briefing
   1:20 pm Experiments
   5:30 pm Adjourn

Thursday, October 18, 2012:
   8:15 am Lecture 10
   9:15 am Demonstration of IR camera
   10:00 am Tours
   12:00 pm Lunch
   1:00 pm Lab instructor briefing
   1:20 pm Experiments
   5:30 pm Adjourn

Friday, October 19, 2012:
   8:15 am Prepare lab presentations
   10:00 am Lab presentations
   11:00 am Expert panel
   12:00 pm Adjourn

Lecture topics:

Overview – Logistics and course organization
Thermal radiometry – Basic radiometric terms, blackbodies, emissivity
Spectroradiometry – Flux, radiance, irradiance, material properties and behavior
Radiation thermometers – Measurement equation, RT components and performance
Environmental effects – Reflected irradiance, atmospheric effects, scattered light,
   temperature effects
Measurement uncertainties – Evaluation and expression of uncertainties, application
   to laboratory experiments
Traceability and calibration – Traceability, calibration issues, electrical substitution
The emissivity problem – Blackbody design, emissivity issues, passive and active
   methods, role of models
Infrared imaging – Design principles, system components, measurement equation,
   characterization issues
Best practice – RT performance, manufacturer specification sheets, environmental
   issues, choosing the right RT

Hands-on laboratory experiments:

Radiant power and the measurement equation – Radiometric measurement system,
   measurement equation, detector measurements, uncertainty analysis
Radiation thermometer characterization – Calibration and characterization of RT,
   uniformity, size of source
Emissivity effects – Emissivity determination using RT, investigation of emissivity
   effects using RT


Start Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
End Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
Location: NIST Gaithersburg
Format: Other


The registration fees are $2,000 per person for the complete 5-day course. The fee includes course materials (including reference books: Radiometric Temperature Measurements, volumes 42 and 43 by Z.M. Zhang, B.K. Tsai, and G. Machin), coffee breaks, lunches, and a dinner. Pre-registration is required. Complete the fill-in registration form and fax it to Stephanie Halton at (435) 713-3007 or mail it to Utah State University Research Foundation, 1695 North Research Park Way, North Logan, UT 84341. Registration closes on October 8, 2012. Refund requests must be submitted in writing by October 8, 2012. Registration for the course is limited to 15 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations will be accepted in the order they are received by NIST.

Registration Contact:

Teresa Vicente
301-975-3883 Telephone
301-948-2067 Facsimile

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 1071
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1071


Workshop registration does not include your hotel reservation. However, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Washington DC/North at 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland. The special rate is $139.00 per night plus 13% tax. Please contact the hotel directly at (301) 977-8900. To make your reservation, mention that you are attending the "NIST/Radiation Thermometry Short Course". Reservations should be made early to ensure the NIST group rate. Requests received after October 8, 2012 will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


This course will be held at the NIST Metrology Building (220), Room B343 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For transportation information and driving directions, see Transportation to NIST.

Technical Contact:

B. Carol Johnson
301-975-2322 Telephone
301-869-5700 Facsimile

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8441
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8441